Ethereum is continuing its record-breaking run on Monday, hitting a yet another all-time high for the fifth day in seven days.
The broader crypto market has also seen major price increases over the weekend, as bitcoin continues its recovery from the late April price crash and other cryptocurrencies chase its value.
There continues to be considerable interest for dogecoin – buoyed up by approving tweets from Elon Musk last week, who called himself the Dogefather – which has increased by more than 46 per cent over the last week.
The meme-inspired cryptocurrency is now just a few cents off its own record high, reaching close to $0.40 on Monday morning. Other major cryptocurrencies to have experienced considerable gains over the weekend include ripple (XRP), cardano (ADA) and litecoin.
Cryptocurrency market now more valuable than Apple
The latest price gains across the cryptocurrency market have pushed it above the world’s most valuable company.
The overall combined value of all cryptocurrencies is now more than $2.3 trillion, which is more than $100 billion more than the market cap of Apple.
Bitcoin alone is worth more than $1.1 trillion, ranking it above the likes of Facebook and Tesla. Meanwhile, ethereum’s remarkable price surge has pushed it above PayPal, Bank of America and Nestle.
When listing assets by market cap – including precious metals, companies and cryptocurrencies – bitcoin sits eighth on the overall list. If all cryptocurrencies are combined, only gold ranks higher.
Anthony Cuthbertson3 May 2021 09:16
Ethereum price hits yet another all-time high
The price of ethereum (ether) has once again hit an all-time high, rising above $3,000 for the first time in its history.
The cryptocurrency reached a peak of $3,107.01 on Monday morning, according to CoinMarketCap’s price index, and continues to trade just a few dollars below it.
It is the fifth time in the last seven days that ethereum has seen a new record high, and marks nearly $1,000’s of gains during that same time.
On 3 May last year, one ethereum was worth just $200, meaning ethereum has seen a year-on-year price increase of more than 1,400 per cent.
Anthony Cuthbertson3 May 2021 08:24
Bitcoin price rebound pulls other cryptocurrencies with it
The price of bitcoin has shot up by 6 per cent, pushing it back above $57,000 for the first time since mid April.
It appears to have had an effect on the wider crypto market, with ethereum (ether), bitcoin cash and litecoin among those that have seen similar gains over the last 24 hours.
Ethereum’s upward trajectory has pushed it once again to a new record high of $2,868, according to CoinMarketCap’s price index.
The biggest price surge, however, has come from dogecoin, which is up more than 15 per cent since this time yesterday and is now trading above $0.36 – less than 10 cents of its all-time high.
Anthony Cuthbertson1 May 2021 12:22
Ethereum’s huge surge in price, explained
What’s going on with ethereum? Well, a lot: its growth has beaten bitcoin’s by three-to-one this year. And it’s a lot more than just that.
Andrew Griffin30 April 2021 09:34
Bitcoin’s dominance drops to three-year low
Explaining ethereum’s incredible price gains would take an entire article (we’re working on it), but one of the consequences is that bitcoin’s market dominance has been considerably diminished.
Curtis Ting, a managing director at the cryptocurrency exchange Kraken, reveals that it is in fact the lowest it has been since 2018.
“The past month has seen a marked shift from bitcoin into ‘altcoins. Kraken Intelligence analysis shows the combined weighted average market caps for alternative crypto subsectors – DeFi, NFTs, and Layer-1 protocols like ETH – are all up by by 28 per cent, 36 per cent and 44 per cent, respectively. In contrast, bitcoin dominance – a metric for BTC’s share of the asset class’ total market cap – dropped to a near three-year low last week,” he tells The Independent.
“The data suggests market participants are moving into coins that have smaller market caps and display greater volatility in the hopes of finding further opportunities to maximise on their returns. Many may have ridden the recent bitcoin rally, and could be using some of their gains to move into alts.”
Anthony Cuthbertson29 April 2021 19:25
Ethereum’s staggering price rise
Ethereum’s latest record means it is now 14-times more valuable than it was just one year ago.
This price chart shows it has been a bumpy but ultimately profitable 12 months for cryptocurrency investors.
Anthony Cuthbertson29 April 2021 16:58
Ethereum price hits new all-time – again!
Ethereum’s price is showing no signs of slowing down. After a brief period of consolidation after yesterday’s record high, the cryptocurrency has just hit another all-time high.
A couple of other major cryptocurrencies – notably cardano (ADA) and Binance Coin – have seen gains in recent days, but ethereum’s run has largely gone against broader market trends.
Bitcoin remains $10,000 off its all-time high, while dogecoin is also struggling to make its way back to the heights it saw earlier this month.
Ethereum’s latest price record means it has now risen by more than 1,300 per cent in less than a year.
We’ve got the full story here:
Anthony Cuthbertson29 April 2021 14:03
Bitcoin bull run imminent?
Other market analysts and cryptocurrency experts also seem to share this view, with current trends suggesting that bitcoin is preparing for a new record-breaking run.
Anthony Cuthbertson29 April 2021 11:25
Bitcoin price prediction: ‘New all-time high in May’
Bitcoin’s price has been all over the place in the last two weeks. After hitting a new record high in mid April above $64,000, it subsequently crashed to below $48,000.
It has since recovered somewhat and has been relatively stable over the last day or so, trading at around $55,000 on Thursday morning
We’ve reached out to an expert to hear his thoughts on what caused these wild fluctuations, as well as his prediction for where bitcoin might go from here.
“Bitcoin’s price has always been volatile and unpredictable, but the last few weeks have brought truly erratic behaviour,” Greg Waisman, the co-founder and COO of the global payment network Mercuryo, told The Independent.
“It started with the Turkish Central Bank’s announcement that using crypto as a means of payment will be banned starting on 30 April. This news knocked the coin down from its highest levels – $64,863 yet to $55k. After that, it dropped further due to expectations of increased capital gains tax in the US, and then even further after Tesla sold 10% of its BTC at $54,092.
“The recovery came as well after Elon Musk explained the point of the sale — to prove the liquidity of bitcoin as an alternative to holding cash on the balance sheet.
“In days to come, BTC is likely to see another drop when the Turkish ban actually arrives. However, after that, the coin should be able to start recovering properly from the level of $48,000. On the other hand, the beginning of the month often leads to price surges, so it would not be surprising for BTC to make an attempt to return to its ATH in early May.”
Anthony Cuthbertson29 April 2021 08:54
Ethereum price hits new all-time high
Just to add to the cryptocurrency market excitement today, the price of ethereum has just hit a new all-time high.
The world’s second most valuable cryptocurrency hit $2,736.18, according to CoinMarketCap’s price index, and was still rising at the time of writing.
Less than one year ago, ethereum was trading at less than $200, meaning the latest price record represents an increase of more than 1,200 per cent.
Ethereum has been bucking market trends in recent weeks, having hit a series of all-time highs despite bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies crashing. We asked some analysts why this might be – here’s what Sergey Nazarov, co-founder of smart contract network Chainlink, told The Independent:
Anthony Cuthbertson28 April 2021 19:30